About

The Catering Executives Club of America seeks to provide its membership of food and beverage professionals in the hospitality industry an organization that will educate, inspire and foster leadership through education, networking and inspiration at monthly meetings and special fundraising events.

The Club strives to give back to the community on a regular basis through scholarships for aspiring future professionals as well as charitable contributions for those in need.


 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

PRESIDENT
Wendy Cutka
Director of Special Events
The Union League Club of Chicago

VICE PRESIDENT
Erik Friend
Senior Catering Sales Manager
Hilton Chicago

TREASURER
Nash Calihan
President
Calihan Catering

SECRETARY
Chris Schmidt
Director of Catering
InterContinental Hotel Chicago

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS
Claire Fitzpatrick
Senior Sales Manager
Navy Pier

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Bill Ryan
Director of Private Events
The Glen View club

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR
Cindi Weber
Director of Business Development
Sound Investment AV

Trustees

Katherine Newton, CCM
 

Robert H. Neubert, CPCE CMP
Director of Catering Sales
The Hilton Chicago

Joseph S. Monastero, Jr.
Global Head of Marketing
Study Group


Executive
Secretary

Maryellen Coens

 

 

 

 

 

Foundation
Committee

Jill Quinn
University Club of Chicago

Tom Luft
Hall’s Rental

 
 

 
 


Marketing
Committee

Eliza Barasa
LimeLight

 

 

Planning
Committee

Hillary Saurer
Levy Restaurants, River Roast

Pamela Swisher
Eataly

Cyndi Roppolo
Keheo Designs

Veronica Navarro
Swissôtel


Membership
Committee

Cindi Webber
Sound Investment

Lanie Hartman
BBj Linen

James Gustin
Fig Media

Education
Committee

Tara Hubbard
InterContinental Hotel Chicago


Associate
Representative

Jeff Durocher
US Poker and Casino Parties

 

Junior Board
Representative

Cori Ann Colangelo
Venue Six10